Loughborough Alumni


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16 Nov 2020

Alumni launch networks to mentor students and young professionals

Three alumni have recently launched mentoring networks to support students and early professionals with job opportunities, career progression, and personal development.

With passions to support other young professionals, Ioana has launched ArchUp, while Karim and Olly have founded C&B CareerLink.

Ioana Manescu graduated with a BA in International Relations in 2017. She founded ArchUp after she grew increasingly concerned for the lack of opportunities available to students and young professionals. She became determined to help others following the effects of several lockdowns.

ArchUp provides free structured career mentoring for students and young professionals with the aim of protecting an entire generation from having their employment prospects permanently scarred by the crisis. 

To do this they want to help students break down barriers by enabling successful and experienced professionals to 'send the elevator back down' for those starting out in the professional world.

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Karim Campbell and Olly Biyi are 2019 MEng Chemical Engineering graduates. They founded C&B CareerLink, a non-profit venture which focuses on mentoring and supporting undergraduate engineering students from minority groups such as female engineers and BAME engineers with disabilities.

Having initially carried out a successful pilot with 10 students, in which their network was leveraged to offer work experience opportunities, they are now looking to expand their pool of mentors and mentees.

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Ioana, Karim and Olly are passionate about their ventures, working on these platforms and networks outside of their day jobs. Ioana is currently working for American Express as a Payments Consultant, whilst Karim is a Development Engineer at AB Sugar. Olly works as a Process Engineer at Phillips 66.

Loughborough students and graduates can access the University’s Careers Network. Find out more.

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